Pa. easing restrictions on restaurants, Gov. Wolf says

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By Erin McCarthy and Michael Klein | 

The idea of drinks at a bar on Easter Sunday is a real possibility throughout much of Pennsylvania, as Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday announced an easing of restrictions at restaurants outside of Philadelphia.

Effective April 4, Wolf said, restaurants will be allowed to seat up to 75% of their capacity indoors, serve alcohol without food, resume bar service (with barriers to create social distancing), and move last call past 11 p.m., while gyms, casinos, and other entertainment venues can also increase their capacities to 75%.

Philadelphia officials on Monday, however, did not budge on restrictions in place for establishments in the city. “We will review any new changes to statewide restrictions issued by the governor and determine what makes sense for Philadelphia based on our local conditions,” a city spokesperson said. “As has been the case throughout the pandemic, Philadelphia is able to remain more restrictive than the state when it comes to COVID-19 mitigation guidance.”

Occupancy in New Jersey, where indoor dining capacity is 35%, will increase to 50% effective Friday, March 19. Amusement venues, gyms, barber shops, salons, and related businesses are covered by Gov. Phil Murphy’s order.

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